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Scottish Wildcat Day
"Och, beware the Scottish Wildcat!
He fairly chills the soul!
Just give him room, don't pause to chat,
Such beasties lose control!"
~ Denis Martindale, 2014
Unique to Britain, and now only found in Scotland, the Scottish Wildcat, also known as the "Highlands Tiger" is an endangered population believed to be related to the European wildcat (felis silvestris silvestris) or perhaps as its own distinct sub-species (felis silvestris grampia). There are estimated to be fewer than 100 wildcats concentrated in the northern and north-eastern Highlands, in Morven and the Ardnamurchan peninsula in the western Highlands. Of these, none may be pure wildcat, most carrying at least 25% domestic cat genes. This fierce wildcat or its hybrid is the likely inspiration of the mythological Scottish creature, the Cat Sìth, the fairy cat of Scottish Gaelic tradition; it was said to be as large as a dog, had a white spot on its chest and was sometimes held to be a witch in disguise! ‘Touch not the cat bott a glove" - good advice from Clan Chattan! Repopulation efforts are in place, and sales of this tartan benefit habitat reservation and conservation efforts to help preserve the cats. Meow! Hiss! 🐯 🏴
This is the tartan which initially inspired this website.
Often referred to as the Tiger of the Highlands, striking, handsome and powerful, it is the very essence of a wild predator living by stealth and strength.
The Scottish wildcat's range historically included England and Wales, but it became extinct in these areas, as well as in southern Scotland, within the last 150 years due to habitat encroachment and hunting. Today, the Scottish wildcat population is additionally threatened by hybridization with domestic cats. It is the only wild feline left on the island of Great Britain.
Far back in the history of Scotland, the earliest settlers told legends about wildcats so fierce they bested human champions, who worshipped them as forest spirits. Centuries later, clans formed together under the image of the wildcat and fought wars for the independence of the land.
Designed by Glen Allardyce, the sales of this tartan are intended to benefit habitat preservation and conservation efforts.
For the feature film documentary, "The Tigers of Scotland" click the angry wildcat!